Brother Mark L. McCleaf Memorial Scholarship
Brother Mark L. McCleaf was a bright light in Freemasonry, always exemplary in every way. Always willing to help his fellow Brothers and friends, in what ever was asked of him. Bro. McCleaf joined Freemasonry eager to learn everything he could, and took all opportunities to improve himself there in.
Brother Mark passed away on June 25, 2022, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
Brother Mark was an avid motorcycle rider his entire life. Enjoying the freedom it provided, and as a Widows Son, spread the world of Freemasonry to those he met in his travels. He was a member of the Orrstown Lodge #262 F. & A.M. serving as its Pursuivant since his Raising; held the Sergeant of Arms for the Widow Sons Masonic Riding Association Marked and Hewn Chapter; a 32° in the Harrisburg Consistory of the NMJ Scottish Rite; a member of Valley Forrest #145; the Minnequa Club; Hub City Club; Oscar M. Hykes American Legion Post # 223; Durff-Kuhn VFW Post #6168 (all in Shippensburg); he was also a member of the Amvets Post #224 and the Marine Corp League (both in Chambersburg).
Brother McCleaf loved to work with his hands. He worked for Jack Coy Heating and Plumbing, later working at Letterkenny Army Depot, Grove Manufacturing, TB Woods, Garden of Gettysburg where he worked maintenance, and was a welder at Volvo Construction Equipment at the time of his passing. Plus numerous repairs and jobs helping friends and family at his home garage.
Orrstown Lodge 262 is pleased to offer a memorial scholarship in Brother McCleaf’s name that will focus on students pursuing a career in the vocational trades. This will be a minimum $500 each, max $1000; up to 2 recipients per year based on available funding. Not to exceed 2 consecutive years per applicant. First time recipients given preference. The applicant must be a student recommended by a Mason in Good Standing and a Member of a Masonic Lodge in the 3rd Masonic District. Preference will be granted to children, step-children, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren or step-great-grandchildren, of a Member in Good Standing of Orrstown Lodge No. 262. Applicant must be between 17 and 19 years of age, a high school senior, or currently enrolled in an accredited post-high school vocational institution that educates in the vocational skilled trades. To receive funds, applicant must show proof of enrollment in post-secondary vocational skilled trades education and training.
Orrstown Lodge would also like to thank Volvo CE of Shippensburg for a generous donation of $2000 to the scholarship in Brother McCleaf’s name.